Game Drives

Game Drives – Murchison Falls National Park

Game drives are the highlight of all safaris to Murchison falls national park, just like any other national park or protected area. Murchison falls national park, is the only protected area where you get a chance to spot the big five animals of Africa. Despite the extinction of the black rhinos from kidepo thanks to ziwa rhino sanctuary. Murchison fall national park is the best national park in Uganda when it comes to attractions, for example, the murchison falls, animals, birds among others.

Murchison falls National Park is located in the north eastern region of Uganda, still in the north west of Kampala Uganda. Murchison fall national park is the largest national park in Uganda and followed by Queen Elizabeth national park. Murchison falls national park gets its name from the famous Murchison falls which were named after the geologist of the royal geographical society in the 18th century. Murchison falls national park is part of the biggest conservation area in Uganda called Murchison falls conservation area; this is mainly because Murchison falls national park is a home for quite a range of special animals and special endemic birds.

The game drives in Murchison fall national park are mainly done in the northern side of the park. The northern part of Murchison falls national park is dominated with open savannah grasslands and short savannah woodland shrubs. However some are don in the southern side of Murchison falls national park, despite, how forested it is. The game drives are better done in the open land, for clear views of the animals, than in shady forested areas.

Game Drive Track

Game drives in Murchison falls are done mainly from buligi track; it is triangular grassland girded by the River Nile. The best game drives in Murchison falls national parks are done in buligi area. Buligi gives you a chance to spot a lot of wild animals like the hartebeests, crocodiles along the shoreline of river Nile, jackals, hyenas, lions, leopards, buffaloes, water bucks, warthogs, bush hicks, Rothschild’s giraffes, hippos, bush bucks, et cetera. 

You can also spot a number of animals at nyamsika cliff such as buffaloes and antelopes; which attract predators like lions. nyamusika cliff is also an ideal place for birding; gives you an opportunity to spot birds like the bee-eater and the Egyptian plover, Nahan’s francolin  among others.

Other game tracks include the victoria truck near the Victoria Nile; the area is an ideal opportunity to have a glance of the wildlife in Murchison falls national park. The animal’s gathers around the water sources, this makes it easy view quite a range of animals along the Nile and water birds. The game drives in Murchison falls national park are also done in along the albert delta where you can spot a number of water birds and animals such as herds of buffaloes, crocodiles, lions, Rothschild’s giraffes among other others.

When the best time for Murchison falls national park game drive?

The best time for game drives in Murchison falls national park is reasonably the dry season from the December to February; this is the time when the animals are gathering around the main water springs to quench their thirst. Also the dry season is characterized with short dry grass of the open savannah of buligi game drive tracks which makes game viewing so possible than in the tall grass of the wet season.

You can enjoy one of the two shifts of the game drives in Murchison falls national park; morning game drive and the evening game drive. However, the best time to do the game drive in Murchison falls national park is the morning; the morning time game drive starts at 7:00 am, is an opportune chance for you to see the big cats stretching out of their hideouts and getting ready for the days hunt. To note, if you have slept in one other lodge in the southern part of Murchison falls, you might need to use a ferry to cross over to the northern side for your game drive.

On a contrary, the evening game drive starts at 4:00 and lasts for duration of 3 to 4 hours to give you just enough time to view the animals as they graze such as the buffaloes, elephants, and antelopes among others. If you are lucky enough, you can even spot the lions spying their prey in buligi. To note, you can also view the game in Murchison fall national park in a hot air balloon; it is a much more adventurous experience for game viewing. The game drive in Murchison falls is an opportune time for you to enjoy the real wild nature of the game parks in Uganda and also a chance to sight the big five animals of Africa.

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